Know Preoperative, Operative, and Postoperative Expectations April 2, 2002 at 4:20 PM EST - Updated June 29 at 8:00 PM No contact lenses prior to evaluation and surgery - can you go for an extended period of time without wearing contact lenses? Have a thorough exam - have you arranged not to drive or work after the exam? Read and understand the informed consent - has your doctor given you an informed consent form to take home and answered all your questions? No makeup before surgery - can you go 24-36 hours without makeup prior to surgery? Arrange for transportation - can someone drive you home after surgery? Plan to take a few days to recover - can you take time off to take it easy for a couple of days if necessary? Expect not to see clearly for a few days - do you know you will not see clearly immediately? Know sights, smells, sounds of surgery - has your doctor made you feel comfortable with the actual steps of the procedure? Be prepared to take drops/medications- are you willing and able to put drops in your eyes at regular intervals? Be prepared to wear an eye shield - do you know you need to protect the eye for a period of time after surgery to avoid injury? Expect some pain/discomfort - do you know how much pain to expect? Know when to seek help - do you understand what problems could occur and when to seek medical intervention? Know when to expect your vision to stop changing - are you aware that final results could take up to months? Make sure your refraction is stable before any further surgery - if you don't get the desired result, do you know not to have an enhancement until the prescription stops changing? Copyright U.S. Food and Drug Administration When is lasik not for me?